Working Group on Solar Eclipse Impact on Ecosystems

photo montage of solar eclipse progression, copyright Wibu lu, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Group Email Contact

lchernandezrodriguez@lbl.gov

Who we are

Our working group studies how solar eclipses affect terrestrial ecosystems. To do this, we are planning to gather detailed data using Eddy Covariance towers located along the path of totality during the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 (https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/eclipses/2024/apr-8-total/where-when/). By collaborating with multiple field teams, our goal is to adjust the frequency of data collection at various sites. This approach will enable us to capture and analyze subtle changes in radiation, temperature dynamics, and the subsequent recovery of ecosystem processes during the eclipse. Our research becomes even more important because the next total solar eclipse visible from the United States is expected on August 23, 2044.

 

image credit: Wibu lu, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons


Current Activities

  • This working group is a common platform for engagement and discussion.
  • During scheduled working group meetings, we expect to develop a consistent protocol for measurements.
  • The working group will serve as a space where field teams can share technical challenges and explore viable solutions related to instrumentation in preparation for the eclipse.
  • We welcome people in atmospheric science, hydrology, ecology, data analysis, instrumentation, and flux tower operations, but we are open to contributions from a diverse range of backgrounds and specialties.
  • If you know of tower owners along the Eclipse path or nearby who may be interested, please share this group with them.

If you would like to join, please contact lchernandezrodriguez@lbl.gov!


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